Annual Events

January 7: Russian Christmas and Starring
For information, call St. Michael’s Cathedral, (907) 747-8120 or write, St. Michael’s Cathedral, P.O. Box 697, Sitka, Alaska 99835.

Early February: SITKA JAZZ FESTIVAL and ALL–ALASKA JAZZ BAND
The Sitka Jazz Festival brings professional jazz musicians from around the world to Sitka to teach, inspire, and perform. Check website for dates: www.sitkajazzfestival.com

February: Banff Film Festival
Banff Film Fest Sitka will host the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, bringing the spirit of outdoor adventure to the Sitka Performing Arts Center at 6:30pm. For more information contact David at  752-0907.

March 1-31: Sac Roe Herring Fishery - Dates Depend Upon the Fish!
Wildlife is generally abundant as the herring gather and spawn in Sitka waters. The actual herring fishery is “on call” and the opening is announced by Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game. For a list of other watchable wildlife, call the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau, (907) 747-5940 or email: scvb@sitka.org

March 1-16: Sitka ArtiGras
ArtiGras, Sitka’s Music & Arts Festival. This year’s ArtiGras features the Wearable Art Show & Runway Extravaganza as well as songwriters' workshops, small Café Concerts, art demonstrations and a Gallery Walk.   (907) 747-6080; sitkaartigras@gmail.com; www.artigras.info

March: Traditional Blessing of the Fleet
This annual Blessing is given to Sitka’s Fishing Fleet at 2 pm. Call for date: (907) 747-3338.

May: Ocean Wave Quilters' Quilt Show
An event sponsored by the Oceanwave Quilters Guild showing new and historic quilts. Mother's Day Tea. Call 747-5071 for more dates.

May: Annual Julie Hughes Triathlon
9 am at the Hames Athletic & Wellness Center.  Registration is day before.  The 6 mile run, 10 mile bike ride and 1,000 meter swim also has a short course for participants age 12 and under. $20 fee. All cyclists are required to have a bicycle safety check prior to the event. Athletes can compete on a team or individually. For date and information call Susan (907) 747-0519.

May 21: Red Dirt BBQ
The featured artist is Kevin Fowler. Great fun and music for the whole family! The tickets are $20 in advance at Old Harbor Books and $25 at the door and includes BBQ and music. Starts at 6pm at Allen Auditorium, SJ Campus. The profits are for the Autism Speaks and ORCA. Contact Seimeen Bone at indiecountrymusic@gmail.com.

May 23-25, and May 31 - June 1: Sitka Salmon Derby
Catch prize-winning fish in the sparkling waters of Sitka. Cash or prizes. Contact the Sitka Sportsman’s Association. For information write PO Box 3030, Sitka, Alaska 99835 or phone (907) 747-6790.

May 31-June 29: Sitka Summer Music Festival
The Sitka Summer Music Festival presents internationally acclaimed classical musicians throughout June. Eight concerts will be held in Harrigan Centennial Hall, with breathtaking views of Sitka Sound as the backdrop. Other activities: Brown Bag Lunch Concerts, Family Concert and Ice Cream Social, Crab Feed, Boat Party, Wine and Music with Friends. Information, contact the Festival: (907) 747-6774;
www.sitkamusicfestival.org

June -July: Sitka Fine Arts Camp at Sheldon Jackson Campus
Since 1973, the Fine Arts Camp has been attracting students ages 12-18 from Alaska and beyond to study the fine arts of theater, dance, music, visual arts, writing and Alaska Native arts. First class professional artists and skilled teachers are recruited throughout the country. For dates and more information, contact: Sitka Fine Arts Camp, P O Box 3086, Sitka, AK 99835 - (907) 747-3085 or email: rschmidt@fineartscamp.org; website: www.fineartscamp.org

June: Sitka Chamber Golf Tournament Beginners and experienced golfers are welcome to play! For date, call the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce (907) 747-8604 or email: jen@sitkachamber.com or check www.sitkachamber.com for more info.

July 2-4: Fourth of July Celebration
A grand celebration complete with parade, demonstrations, game and food booths, softball tournament, dance, and fireworks display. Call the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce (907) 747-8604 or email: jen@sitkachamber.com or check www.sitkachamber.com for more info.

July - September: Sitka Farmers Market
Recurring every 2 weeks Saturday, ANB Founders Hall, 235 Katlian Street. Vendors selling fresh local produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, fresh frozen local fish, local art and hand crafts. There will aslo be prepared foods such as grilled black cod for sale. Live music. For dates call (907) 966-3066 or go to website: www.sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org.

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Jul: Alpine Adventure Run
The run is limited to 75 runners. The challenging 7 mile mountain run starts at St. Gregory's Catholic Church, heads up Gavan Hilll and follows the trail along the Harbor Mountain rim. Registration fee of $35 includes a T-shirt. If you have any questions or need the date please contact Chris Horan at 747-6471 or email horan@acsalaska.net

July: Home Skillet Music Fest
All ages music festival featuring local and out of town bands. Soul, Hip Hop, Blues and Garage Style Rock n Roll. Admission. See website for dates: HomeSkilletFest.com

August: Sitka Seafood Festival
A Festival to experience Alaska's wild and sustainable seafood through entertainment, education and culinary delights. See website for dates: http://sitkaseafoodfestival.org/

August: Sitka “state” Fair
Judged events, Fair Midway food, music and entertainment on the center stage, and a Sitka heARTS photo contest. For date and other info call Jeff Budd: 747-4821; sitkaarts.org

September: Labor Day Weekend Mudball Classic Softball Tournament
This annual Labor Day Weekend tournament invites softball teams around the nation to play in Sitka. www.sitkasoftball.com

September: Running of the Boots and Season's End Celebration
Sitka’s answer to Spain’s “Running of the Bulls” -- Pull on your boots and wear your zaniest costume! Lots of prize categories! Proceeds benefit the Sitka Local Foods Network/Sitka Farmers Market. For more information on all the festivities, call (907) 966-3066; www.sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org/.

September: Season's End Celebration
Check www.sitkachamber.com for more info about Season's End Celebration or call the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce (907) 747-8604 or email: jen@sitkachamber.com.

October 11-18: Alaska Day Festival
“In this place, Sitka, Alaska, on October 18, 1867, the great land of Alaska was transferred from Russia to the United States.” Celebration of this historical event include ceremonies, a period costume ball, dances, dinners, contests, and a parade. Contact committee member Helen Cunningham at (907) 747-6738 or www.alaskadayfestival.org. Special Alaska Airlines rates!

October: KCAW'S Stardust Ball
Live music, Lip Sync Extravaganza, and costume contest at this annual sell-out fund raiser for local public radio station, Raven Radio. For date call 747-5877 or go to kcaw.org.

Month of November: Native American Heritage Festival
For information on the wide variety of activities, including the annual Fashion Show. Please call Sitka Tribe of Alaska (907) 747-3207; www.sitkatribe.org

November: Sitka Whalefest
Educational lectures from biologists and speakers, concert, marine tours, and more! Space is limited! Advance reservations recommended toguarantee admission to all events. For information, call (907) 747-8878; email director@sitkawhalefest.org or write Sitka Whalefest, PO Box 6004, Sitka, AK 99835 USA ; www.sitkawhalefest.org.

November – December: Sitka's Holiday Fest
A celebration of the holidays including the Christmas Bazaar, parade, Polar Dip, Christmas concerts, and extended shopping hours. For details check the Daily Sitka Sentinel.

Date TBA: Landlubber's Parade
This annual Christmas parade walks the downtown area in celebration of the holiday season.

December: Sitka Artisan's Market
Held at Harrigan Centennial Hall.  It is a quality retail shopping experience, featuring hand-crafted items, primarily made in Alaska. Proceeds support the Greater Sitka Arts Council. Call Jeff Budd for info and dates: 747-4821; http://www.thinkartthinksitka.com/?s=artisans+market

Whale Watching - The pristine waters around Sitka are a popular feeding ground for humpback whales as they migrate South. View whales from our viewing station at Whale Park, or visit the Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau website, www.sitka.org or pg. 14 of Sitka Through Four Seasons, or see list of advertisers on this website's homepage, for a list of wildlife boat charter operators who can take you to see these amazing marine mammals.

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